Definición de waste en inglés:

waste

Saltos de línea: waste
Pronunciación: /weɪst
 
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verbo

  • 1 [with object] Use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose: we can’t afford to waste electricity I don’t use the car, so why should I waste precious money on it?
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    • In the latter case the holding of the meeting would have served no useful purpose and would merely waste the available assets of the bankrupt's estate.
    • Electricity from excess illumination wastes an enormous amount of energy needlessly.
    • Here he argued that Russians themselves did not want to make peace with Napoleon, and consequently Britain had no purpose in wasting its gold to invoke mutual hatred.
    Sinónimos
    squander, fritter away, misspend, misuse, spend recklessly, throw away, lavish, be wasteful with, dissipate, spend like water, throw around like confetti; go through, run through, exhaust, drain, deplete, burn up, use up, consume
    informal blow, splurge
  • 1.1Expend on an unappreciative recipient: her small talk was wasted on this guest
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    • Even when manners are wasted on the recipient, it is important to present the example of civilized behavior.
    • She spares her children - an act of generosity that is wasted on them.
    • I'm not a bad loser, it's more that I think the sensation of losing is wasted on me, whereas it's quite good for their development for them to feel it.
  • 1.2Fail to make full or good use of: we’re wasted in this job
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    • There was no way I could stand another year in Andrews in my pathetic job which wasted my talents.
    • He really is one of those guys who is wasted at his current job.
    • He is likewise wasted as a curly-haired dad whose sole job seems to be hugging his daughter.
  • 1.3Deliberately dispose of (surplus stock): 20% of stock will need to be wasted
  • 2 [no object] (Of a person or a part of the body) become progressively weaker and more emaciated: she was dying of AIDS, visibly wasting away (as adjective wasting) a wasting disease
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    • For people wasting away from the side effects of chemotherapy, this could be a small bit of very good news, indeed.
    • He very convincingly portrayed a man struggling against a disease that meant he was wasting away in order to get something of extreme importance done.
    • He saw people being murdered and people wasting away.
    Sinónimos
    grow weak, wither, atrophy, become emaciated, shrivel up, shrink, decay; decline, wilt, fade, flag, deteriorate, degenerate, rot, moulder, languish, be abandoned, be neglected, be forgotten, be disregarded
  • 2.1 [with object] archaic Make progressively weaker and more emaciated: these symptoms wasted the patients very much
  • 4 [with object] literary Devastate or ruin (a place): he seized their cattle and wasted their country
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    • They proceed to unleash the monsters across the globe, who do what comes naturally, and start wasting cities.
  • 5 [no object] literary (Of time) pass away: the years were wasting

adjetivo

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  • 1(Of a material, substance, or by-product) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process: ensure that waste materials are disposed of responsibly plants produce oxygen as a waste product
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    • They were taught how to make useful products out of waste paper, at a training programme held recently.
    • The lungs also contribute to this process by eliminating carbon dioxide which is the waste byproduct of glucose and lactic acid metabolism.
    • They can be made with simple materials such as waste paper.
    Sinónimos
    unwanted, excess, superfluous, left over, scrap, extra, unused, useless, worthless; unproductive, unusable, unprofitable

sustantivo

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  • 3 (usually wastes) A large area of barren, typically uninhabited land: the icy wastes of the Antarctic
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    • From the icy wastes to the arid deserts and lush forests, it has carved out habitats and multiplied.
    • What tugs at Carlyon's heartstrings is the fate of the soldiers, the boys from the outback and the small towns who dreamed of glory but found only death and disaster in the barren wastes of Gallipoli.
    • Outside the barren wastes of the Western Sahara, few people will be holding their breath to see what the UN security council does next week about the world's most obscure and long-running conflict.
    Sinónimos
  • 4 [mass noun] Law Damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, especially by a life tenant.
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    • If a mortgagee enters into possession he is liable to account for rent on the basis of wilful default; he must keep mortgage premises in repair; he is liable for waste.

Frases

go to waste

Be unused or expended to no purpose: it would be a terrible shame to see those years go to waste
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  • With a daily outflow of 450 million litres, that's a lot of potentially very useful water going to waste.
  • Did the parents who saw their kids at the protest have any concerns about their tuition dollars going to waste?
  • Another reason I have started the practice at least on a small scale is that I hate to see so much potential going to waste.

lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)

Completely destroy: a land laid waste by war
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  • The Northumbrians rebelled and in devastating reprisals their lands were laid to waste for several generations.
  • Their cities would be laid waste, their lands desolate.
  • Factories sprang up like fungi while the countryside was laid waste.
Sinónimos
devastate, wipe out, destroy, demolish, annihilate, raze, ruin, leave in ruins, wreck, level, flatten, gut, consume, ravage, pillage, sack, wreak havoc on
literary despoil
rare depredate

waste one's breath

see breath.

waste of space

informal A person regarded as useless or incompetent: you’re such a waste of space, Rodney
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  • I reckon we should start a list, outing all incompetents for the absolute waste of space they are.
  • It's a good idea, if you can, to defend yourself against the accusation of being a waste of space by making yourself good company.
  • He is a complete waste of space and must be infuriating to play with.

waste not, want not

proverb If you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance you will never be in need.
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  • I don't know how I'm going to work the Christmas theme into this shot of me as a post-autopsy coroner standing smugly over a body and holding a jar of entrails… but look, waste not, want not.
  • On the principle of waste not, want not, I've pasted some material below that was originally intended for New York Press.
  • In sports, the city's credo was waste not, want not.

waste words

see word.

Derivativos

wasteless

adjetivo
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  • ‘Even in the zones where source segregation was being done, the corporation was mixing the waste, making the whole effort pointless,’ he said, stressing the need for a common agenda on creating a wasteless society.
  • Animation, a by-necessity wasteless industry, typically tells its story as spartanly as possible due to budgetary constraints.
  • In order to demonstrate an automated wasteless molding process, a valve-gated cold runner was selected.

Origen

Middle English: from Old Northern French wast(e) (noun), waster (verb), based on Latin vastus 'unoccupied, uncultivated'.

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